Three Snow Whites
A Film by David Hand
Animation is Film is thrilled to open our first edition with a special anniversary screening of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the film that started it all and after 80 years, a still-unrivaled achievement in filmmaking. In this epic story of love and friendship, the kind and beautiful princess Snow White wins the hearts of Dopey, Grumpy, Doc and the other dwarves and triumphs over the evil plans of her wicked stepmother Queen. As the very first feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios it established the studio as a powerhouse of creativity, innovation, and storytelling, and blazed a trail for everything that has come since.
A different take on the Grimm’s fairytale, Max Fleisher’s Betty Boop in Snow-White from 1933, a darkly surreal one reeler featuring Koko the Clown moonwalking to Cab Calloway’s minor blues St. James Infirmary, will be shown prior to the feature, as well as Lotte Reiniger’s Snow White and Rose Red, a entirely different story rendered in Reiniger’s distinct animation.